Woodhall Spa railway station

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Woodhall Spa railway station was a station in Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire on a small branch line running north from Woodhall Junction to Horncastle. Both the station and the line are now closed.[1]

In 1846 the Great Northern rail company purchased the land to build a 58 miles (93 km) rail link from Peterborough to Lincoln via Spalding and Boston with the Boston to Lincoln section being built along the banks of the River Witham. Works commenced in 1847 and the line opened on 17 October 1848.[2] The Kirkstead Station, later to be renamed the Woodhall Junction, was one of seven between Lincoln and Boston. To the north were Stixwould, Southrey and Bardney and to the south were Tattershall, Dogdyke and Langrick.

Horncastle branch[edit]

In 1853 three local businessmen negotiated with the G.N.R. with a view to open a branch of the line, the Horncastle Branch, from the Woodhall Junction to Horncastle. They formed the Horncastle and Kirkstead Junction Railway Company,[3] and the line was opened on 11 August 1855[4] and transported the gentry into the heart of Woodhall where they could easily get to the hotels and public attractions. The line also provided a better means of transport for goods being transported to and from Horncastle than the River Bain.[2]

Closure[edit]

Spa Trail

The line closed for passengers on 12 September 1954[4] but freight traffic continued along the line until 6 April 1971 and demolition came soon after.[2]

After the track was removed the land was sold off to various land owners, mostly local farmers, but some has been used to recently create a paved walk and cycle path, called The Water Rail Way, from Kirkstead to Lincoln. As of summer 2009 the path is complete and open for public use.[5]

The course of the Horncastle Branch to Horncastle has also been turned into a bridleway, The Spa Trail,[6] allowing for a safe journey to Horncastle that is used by 15,000 people a year.

Preceding station Disused railways Following station
Woodhall Junction   Great Northern Railway
Horncastle Railway
  Horncastle

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ British Railways Atlas.1947. p.17
  2. ^ a b c "Woodhall Spa Station". Disused Stations. Retrieved 26 May 2011. 
  3. ^ "The Horncastle and Kirkstead Junction Railway Company". The Cottage Museum. Retrieved 26 May 2011. 
  4. ^ a b Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Yeovil: Patrick Stephens Ltd. p. 254. ISBN 1-85260-508-1. R508. 
  5. ^ "Water Rail Way". Sustrans. Retrieved 26 May 2011. 
  6. ^ "Visit Lincolnshire". The Spa Trail. Lincolnshire County Council. Retrieved 26 May 2011. 

Coordinates: 53°09′08″N 0°12′53″W / 53.1523°N 0.2148°W / 53.1523; -0.2148